The Oxford Circle, a collective within The Circle, brings together women from all walks of life who are based in Oxfordshire and who have a shared passion and commitment to address the issues faced by disempowered women and girls across the globe.
WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED
The Oxford Circle was formerly launched in October 2012, at Oxfam’s 70th Anniversary event at Eight Stories High. Based in Oxford, Oxfam’s birthplace, this inspiring group of women share the same ambition – to support marginalised women and girls worldwide.
In 2017 members of The Oxford Circle were inspired by their Chair Dr Becky Cox and her courage to tell her story of domestic abuse. Gender-based violence can affect any woman or girl in any community. Members of The Oxford Circle are committed to supporting projects that empower women and girls who have survived physical violence and sexual assault. They have raised awareness and funds by hosting events such as their annual Author Talk, which has featured “The War on Women”, by Sue Lloyd-Roberts, and “Total Competition”, by Ross Brawn and Adam Parr.
The Oxford Circle members organise their own Chai Day events each year. Funds raised through Chai Day 2017 went towards supporting the Nonceba Family Counselling Centre, which runs a shelter for women who have survived gender-based violence in Khayelitsha, South Africa.
October 2017 marked The Oxford Circle’s 5th anniversary and we celebrated with a high tea at the elegant Malmaison hotel in Oxford. Guest speaker Dr Brenda Kelly, a consultant obstetrician and specialist in FGM, shared the moving stories of the women she treats at the Rose Clinic in Oxford and the challenges they face. The Circle Founder Annie Lennox recorded a birthday message that was shared on the day:
The Oxford Circle are constantly active, with members running half marathons and taking part in community events and festivals to raise awareness about The Circle and the important projects we support.
In January 2019, The Oxford Circle held their first Jumble Fever at The Tap Social to raise funds for the Nonceba Family Counselling Centre. The turnout was fantastic and the mood upbeat as crowds rummaged through vintage clothes, designer labels and a whole lot of bric a brac to raise an amazing £6,000. They will be hosting their second Jumble Fever in January 2020, this time in Oxford Town Hall.